Customs at Western Marine Command rattles smugglers on waterways, intercepts 4,070 parcels of dangerous drugs

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Customs at Western Marine Command rattles smugglers on waterways, intercepts 4,070 parcels of dangerous drugs

The Western Marine Command of Nigeria Customs Service is using superior intelligence to defeat smugglers on waterways and creeks.

In its continuous efforts to purge the Western Waterways of nefarious activities of economic saboteurs, the Command intercepted 51 sacks containing 4,070 parcels of Cannabis Sativa in January 2024.

Speaking through the Public Relations Officer of the Command, the Customs Area Controller, Compt Odaudu Salefu, revealed :  “On Friday, January 19, 2024, at exactly 1206hrs, a Joint Patrol Team of the Command received credible Intelligence on movement of a wooden Boat around Moba Seashore axis of the Command transporting offensive items.

“After a hot pursuit of the identified Boat by our officers, the smugglers dived into the Creek, abandoning the Boat fully loaded with prohibited items.

“The wooden Boat powered by horsepower (HP) engines was towed back to the Command Headquarters at Ibafon Apapa. After careful examination, it was found to contain 4,070 parcels of Cannabis Sativa weighing 1785kg.”

Going further, Compt Salefu, has promised to give officers of Western Marine Command the needed impetus and motivation to perform their anti-smuggling responsibilities in 2024.

Recall that in 2023, the same Command made five significant seizures of Cannabis Sativa, with a total of 14,920 parcels. The seizures were part of the 48 incidents of seizures recorded by the Command in 2023, resulting in a total value of N1, 470,397,255.00 for that year.

Going forward, the Western Marine Command is poised more than ever to improve its performance in 2024 for a better and prosperous year.

The seized items

 

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